Alexandra Kehayoglou’s Lush Tufted Tapestries Document Ecological Changes in Argentina’s Landscapes

An artist named Alexandra Kehayoglou goes ahead to create a stunning presentation of ecological changes that are lacing Argentina’s landscapes. The vibrant tapestries roll out on the floor to provide a glimpse of the surprising state of her homeland. Different colors fill the tufted carpet in the best possible manner. An artwork with the title “Prayer Rugs” adds to it.

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Ecology has got on an unbalanced track and narrative in the past few years. The mad race for materialistic development has snatched the natural bliss and disrupted natural courses. Many places have lost their natural charm. This narrative extends around the world. Working out a justified presentation of the scenario, an artist named Alexandra Kehayoglou has taken to the front with her stunning and colorful tapestries on the board.

For Alexandra Kehayoglou, tapestries provide her with the best medium to let her express the prevailing scenarios. Her concern for nature and its dying roots give an impetus to her creative spree. She goes ahead to shape the narrative with adorable combinations of colors and patterns. Natural landscapes thus evolve through the tufted surface to reflect on their features and changing picture. Her art pieces sticks to the environmental narrative of her homeland Argentina.

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One can see mosses, trees and rivers adorning the scene. Not just that, they go a long way in depicting the changing course of things. For instance, the rivers in the scene shed light on their altered course through lands. The shrinking coverage of the native plants and trees signal another significant change in the domain. Not just that, they also reveal the effects of human activities and advancement on the environmental bits. But they also bring out the positive facet of the picture. They go on to point the survival and resurgence of native flora and fauna richness of the land.

One of the stunning art pieces is “Prayer Rugs”. As the name suggests, it soars ahead to bring the destructive changes into light. The art piece presents the ecological picture of Parana Wetlands that thrive 50 kilometers from Buenos Aires. The area has seen major shifts in its ecology. The uncontrolled growth of the wood and paper industry has altered the ecological arrangement of the place. The desire and require for more and more suitable trees for paper and wood products has led to a significant boom in the population of non-native plants and trees.

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Not just that, a fall in the population of livestock adds another reason to worry. The human-made fires have engulfed many ecologically precious parts of the wetlands.

The tapestries do not stick to floors. One can find many of them sprawling over ceilings and walls as well. Not just that, they also differ in size. Some of them take a compact size while others surprise one with their massive size. But their intention does not dwindle with the materialistic changes.

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Taking on the theme of her artworks, she shared, “Isolation made me think of my carpets as spaces where new forms of activism could be enacted. A type of activism that instead of focusing on paranoid conflict was silent, absorptive and, as I believe, more effective. My carpets, thus, became instruments for documenting ‘minor’ aspects of the land, which were otherwise overlooked as irrelevant. A focus on its micro-narratives that would open new doors for possible ecological futures.”

One can make way to her website and the bustling social media platforms to see the best of her art.